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Year by year, i’m OK spending my birthday with my family while receiving well wishes from friends here and there. Last year, i took a bold move on celebrating with friends from the eve to the very first second of the first day of the second half of the year. It was the first time on the first day of July.

This year, my friend Apple booked a room in a premier hotel. Together with my best friend, Monica, all three of us welcomed my birthday tucked in the sheets, dead-tired from work, hungry as hell, all while watching wedding videos! Suicide it may seem for 3 single ladies, but it was.. sensible. It helped us to constantly believe in the art of taking time and the concept of a perfect person in the perfect time.

It was simple. It was intimate.
I had wine on my hand. I had friends in my arms.
It was enough.

I could not express in words how good it feels to reach a meaningful and blessed “quarter”. I may be imperfect in my ways but i have a happy heart and i have a great Father up above who mapped (or still mapping? hmm) a journey better that anything i could ever plan for myself.

And so i raise my glass for another year captured with fullness, chances, and travels. Anything else in between will be considered a bountiful bonus!  🙂

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25th birthday portrait.

The class of red in a glass.
The colorful life in shadows and windows.
The ray of gratefulness that is a birthday.

With love,

Charlene

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